Daniel Bruhl in Madrid for ‘Rush’ photocall (no Hemsworth): would you hit it?

I’m taking a chance that you’ll click on this post because you’re curious to see who Daniel Bruhl is exactly. He’s Spanish-German actor who speaks like four or five languages, and you may remember him from films like Inglorious Basterds (he played the Nazi sniper dude) and The Bourne Ultimatum. He’s also in two BIG movies this year which will bring him a lot more attention in the coming months and years. For one, he co-stars with Benedict Cumberbatch in The Fifth Estate (Daniel plays Daniel Domscheit-Berg, who worked at WikiLeaks with Julian Assange).

Daniel is also costarring with Chris Hemsworth in Ron Howard’s Rush, the true story of the Formula 1 driver James Hunt (that’s Hemsworth) and his competition with Niki Lauda (that’s Daniel). These are photos of Daniel and Ron Howard promoting Rush in Madrid yesterday. Which brings me to something else I wanted to ask: what’s up with Chris Hemsworth lately? He didn’t go to Comic-Con, he isn’t doing this promotional tour for his starring role in Rush. WTF? Does Chris just not want to promote his films anymore?

It looks sort of like Days of Thunder only with moderately better acting. And I guess it helps that it’s a true story, and that the screenplay was done by Peter Morgan (who is an amazing screenwriter). But you know who the “girl” is, right? Olivia Wilde. She’s like the Typhoid Mary of box office bombs. Will she finally be able to break her losing streak?!

Anyway, Daniel is super-cute. I would probably hit it. And God knows, he might even get some awards nominations this year.

PS… is he wearing Tom Cruise-esque lift sneakers? DEALBREAKER.

Photos courtesy of WENN, Fame/Flynet.

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  1. Anna says:


  2. LAK says:

    Daniel has been a star for more than a decade, with a long list of very good films. I’d recommend nearly everything he has been in bar the American films. He is a good actor who picks good projects.

    • minime says:

      Yes, he’s pretty big in Europe and he did a lot of great movies. Daniel Bruhl is this awesome successful actor that gets all the good roles in German movies(together with Moritz Bleibtreu). Most of his movies are very much worth to watch.

      • stellalovejoydiver says:

        I throw in August Diehl, Sebastian Koch and Alexander Fehling seems to be getting there as well.
        Moritz Bleibtreu has been pretty hit or miss in the last years.

    • Amelia says:

      I’ve only just realised that I absolutely love Daniel. That probably sounds quite strange, but after seeing the Rush trailer, I had a look through his IMDB page and realised I owned half his films!
      He’s such a chameleon. And yes, I’d definitely hit it. I’d take Lauda over Hunt any day 🙂

    • LAK says:

      His resume is surprising for the consistency of the quality of his films. I always think the American films are simply a money grab by the producers to finance their projects because he is overwhelmingly underused in all of them.

      Plus they are the weakest part of his resume, so I suspect a money grab from him too.

      • stellalovejoydiver says:

        I think it is more that he is trying to make it in America. He is one of the most sought after actors in Germany, but in America he is just of many actors trying to make it. You have to get started somewhere.
        Most German want to make it America, they would drop a leading role in a German movie for a small role in an American movie e.g. Martina Gedeck.

      • LAK says:

        Daniel being one of the biggest stars in Germany is a definite factor in why he is cast in American films shooting in Germany or touching on German subjects….it’s the funding that dictates that decision.

        From his perspective, trying to make it in America is true of all non American actors despite their pedigree, even the brits end up doing the same or moving to America to ‘make’ it.

    • Gretchen says:

      Yes! I became a total fanpoodle after watching Goodbye Lenin! which I highly recommend

    • tealily says:

      I remember seeing him in The Edukators years ago and really loving him. I didn’t see Good Bye, Lenin! until a couple years after that, but he really is a charmer. Glad he’s doing well now. I didn’t even realize he was in Inglorious Basterds or The Bourne Ultimatum… shamefully haven’t seen either yet.

    • LilyRose says:

      Thank you. I was going to say this exactly. He’s been in some very interesting and good films in Germany. Bruhl, August Diehl, Max Riemelt, Matthias Schweighöfer und Florian David Fitz are gorgeous, talented Schauspieler.

    • Mairead says:

      Abso-flipping-loutely! He’s been a pretty big deal over here since Goodbye Lenin, but only seems to get bit parts in English-speaking films (Franka Potente’s brother in Bourne Ultimatum for example), so unless you like non-Anglophone films he probably would be an unknown quantity.

      As for that slur about Days of Thunder, Brühl would act Tommy Girl off any screen! 😡

      Personally, I’d happily watch him reading out the phone book. I’m excited about Rush for his Nikki Lauda. More so even than the Hunt element, even though I remember watching Hunt on F1 towards the end of his career and his death. Nikki however went on to become an excellent F1 team specialist and still retains his steely charisma.

  3. allons-y alonso says:

    Get rid of that beard and then we’ll talk cutie. I thought he was great in Inglorious Basterds. I hadn’t seen the trailer for Rush. It looks good.

  4. Addie says:

    No thanks!

  5. j.eyre says:

    Oh heavens yes. I am concerned about the height though but it probably isn’t a deal breaker in his case.

  6. Oh, I had such a crush on him in “Inglorious Basterds” (in addition to Waltz, Pitt, Fassbender and even Roth: That movie is full of eye-candy!) and he reminds me of a taller Emile Hirsch (who was my first celeb crush) so I would TOTALLY HIT IT!

    • stellalovejoydiver says:

      I recommend Goodbye Lenin and The Edukators.

      • Bijlee says:

        I loved Goodbye Lenin! Such a sweet movie. That’s where I know this dude from. There was something so familiar about him. Personally he looks a bit like Jim Strugess’s long lost cousin.

      • Mairead says:

        Same here 🙂

        Oh, and Joyeaux Noël, about the Christmas Day truce in December 1914.

        (Basically I recommend all of the Brühl films in my collection 😆 )

      • LAK says:

        Mairead – I adore JOYEUX NOEL.

        The true story of it makes me sad. War is so pointless.

  7. Beth says:

    I always had a soft spot for Daniel. But the beard …

  8. stellalovejoydiver says:

    Yes Daniel, my German Prince, has finally arrived.
    Snatch that Best Supporting Nom.
    Love him since Goodbye Lenin.

  9. stellalovejoydiver says:

    YES! Finally a good German actor making it in Hollywood. Represent.
    I am praying to the old gods and the new he will get an Oscar nom.

    • minime says:

      I saw what you did there 😉

      • stellalovejoydiver says:

        Yeah I wasn´t trying to be subtle about it. We´re talking about present Hollywood right, so I´m excluding Sebastian Koch and August Diehl even though those were more guest stints.

      • minime says:

        I only saw Das Leben der Anderen (awesome movie) with Sebastian Koch and I have to confess that i don’t really know August Diehl (although i watched Inglourious Basterds). Any recommendations for worth to watch movies with any of the two?

        Moritz Bleibtreu has made some shady options, but he has such an amazing filmography that I actually would like him to be awarded for that (he was great in Im Juli or Solino).

      • stellalovejoydiver says:

        Sebastian Koch did a lot of TV work, which I have seen only a small part from, but if you get/see them somewhere I´d recommend “Speer und er”, “Die Manns”, as far as movie I´d say “Der Tunnel”, “Black Book”, “Das Wochenende”.
        When it comes to August Diehl, “23”, “Dr. Alemán”, “Anonyma(he has a small part but it´s worth watching for Nina Hoss), “Love in thoughts”(with Daniel), “The Counterfeiters” (it´s an ensemble film, but really good and won Best Foreign Oscar), “Wer wenn nicht wir” (with Alexander Fehling).

        Moritz definitly did some amazing work until he started selling out (that Bushido film, Til Schweiger etc why Moritz?). I also think Agnes und seine Brüder, Das Experiment, Soul Kitchen, whenever he teams up with Faith Akin it´s usually pretty good. Some of his work is too preachy like Free Rainer or Die vierte Macht.

      • minime says:

        Thanks a lot for the list!! The series might be difficult to get, but the movies went all to my wishlist 🙂

        And yes, let’s not talk about Moritz doing a movie with Bushido or the simple fact that Bushido did a movie. I think I erased that from my mind for some time…

      • stellalovejoydiver says:

        no problem, I hope you enjoy them.

    • LilyRose says:

      I am a fan of German cinema, and I’ve liked most of the films I’ve seen Daniel in. I do love Florian David Fitz, though I get the impression he’s your garden variety heartthrob. I’ve only seen Vincent will Meer and the pretty awful, but harmless, Maennerherzen. I love Franka Potente and Benno Furmann is creepy good. What’s good? I catch movies here and there on cable but wouldn’t mind some recommendations 🙂

      • Mairead says:

        I was ticking through Netflix and saw a name I hadn’t seen in ages: Moritz Bliebtreu, an eminently watchable actor, I’ll suffer through whatever it is just for him, 🙂

  10. Shy says:

    Who is he? He is hot.

    • curlsunited says:

      He’s an incredibly versatile actor with a real talent for foreign languages (I found his French in “Inglorious Basterds” pretty amazing). Shame on the facial hair though which doesn’t go well with his boyish face.

  11. Bianca says:

    I highly recommend “Goodbye Lenin”, such a good movie.

  12. Charlotte says:

    God yes, loved him in inglorious bastards.

  13. Tessa says:

    He looks like a tall Emile Hirsch.

  14. Elodie says:

    Gah! Of course I would, we were neighbours back in Berlin before I realized he was my crush in Goodbye Lenin like 6 years ago haha!

    • Riotbelle says:

      Omg omg tell what was he like in real life? 🙂

      • Elodie says:

        He is super cool and laid back, always saying hello good morning goodbye and we bumped into each other twice in the same bar and had a laugh… until I realized the heck yes he is familiar when Goodbye Lenin came on TV after I moved to Ireland LOL!

    • Riotbelle says:

      Oh you lucky lucky girl :'(

  15. jen says:

    I saw a test of this movie, gosh was it zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    • j.eyre says:

      Oh no, was it really? Darnit, I had high hopes for it. Was it everything? The acting? No action? Plodding story?

    • Mairead says:

      Nooooo 🙁

      Considering they’ve made entire film franchises out of fewer fast cars, races, drama and shagging that is disappointing,

  16. Jessica says:

    Bitch you gets no credit for this! I told your ass years ago to put this guy on hot guy friday when he was HOT! Now he looks like no ma’am…I’d still hit though.

  17. Riotbelle says:

    As an avid fan of the german cinema,my heart melted when I saw this post.He is very talented and he isn’t that short!
    I recommend you to watch many other german movies,Das Experiment,Das Leben der Anderen,Goodbye Lenin, Der Baader Meinhof Komplex,Knallhart and of course Die Welle.Die Welle is probably the best german movie of the last 10 years.Ah,and also check out hunks like Alexander Fehling or August Diehl.And Jurgen Vogel.Jurgen Vogel has also acted with Daniel.

  18. Riotbelle says:

    I have a thing for germans,god help me.

    • stellalovejoydiver says:

      Bless your taste, German men are pretty emancipated too, just stay away from Fehling.

  19. Jag says:

    He’s cute, but I want my Chris eye candy. lol

  20. Teeny says:

    I’m a big fan of Daniel Bruhl and I’m excited to see him bring his acting chops to more films stateside. Who knows if they will fare well, but I have no doubt he will be recognized for his abilities. In the mean time, I’ll be satisfied watching him in foreign films.

  21. Havik says:

    Since nobody else has said it, I might as well. I know Chris Hemsworth is practically revered around here, but I think he’s a terrible actor.

    The only reason I can see for his being cast as James Hunt is because, well, he kinda sorta looks like James with the long hair. I don’t get how they could go so right by casting Daniel Bruhl as Lauda, and then…Hemsworth? What?!

    I’m a massive F1 fan, and the 76 season was legendary…I know my opinion ’round these parts won’t be popular, but James Hunt deserves better. (Oh, and in regards to the title question…of course! Bruhl is beyond wonderful)

    I’ll go back to lurking now XD

    • Mairead says:

      I must say that while I think Brühl will be a perfect Lauda, I’m not at all convinced about Thor as Hunt either. I’ll give him a fair shot, but the trailers aren’t filling me with hope.

      I suppose it’ll be ok for non petrol-heads but for those of us who follow(ed) F1, I’m not so sure. It won’t be another ‘Liberace’ that’s for bloody sure. (Best biopic ever, without a shadow of a doubt).

    • j.eyre says:

      Please don’t go back to lurking, Havik, it’s much more fun to have varying opinions around here. I would love to hear your knowledge of F1, especially when the movie comes out.

    • Tig says:

      I hope you have watched the documentary “Senna”- it was very good. I think “”Rush” looks good, and hope it plays near me.

      Hope Daniel’s career survives if it doesn’t-heavy sarcasm here.

  22. nuzzybear says:

    I liked him in Goodbye Lenin.

  23. Lark says:

    He’s fantastic. ITA with everyone else that August Diehl is another wonderful actor. HitFix already has Daniel slotted as a potential Best Supporting Actor nominee (yes, I know it’s super early and the Oscar pundits get a little crazy but I hope that ends up being true).

  24. Abby says:

    Daniel is going to own Hemsworth in this movie…mark my words

  25. miapatagonia says:

    August Diehl, who is also in Inglorious Basterds and German, is hotter. He’s quite haunting looking and brilliant, just ask Fassy. He played Angelina Jolie’s husband in SALT.

  26. Raquel says:

    Daniel’s sneakers are from a Barcelona brand named Munich (if I’m not mistaken). No lifts, all of their sneakers are like that. I love Daniel, he is a great actor and I’ve been lucky enough to see him in spanish and catalan movies too. I wish him all the best